fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 012007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles


Clunking noise in steering wheel when turning right at slow speeds mostly. Sometimes when turning left. Clunks 2 or 3 times on the turn, while making the right turn mostly..it does this all the time now.I took my car to a Toyota dealer a couple of weeks ago and had a mechanic ride with me.. I could not duplicate problem more then a couple of times, but the mechanic couldn't hear it. He said to bring it back if it continues. Toyota has no bulletins on this problem for the Rav4, however they have service bulletins on the prius and the highlander models on this same problem.. I mentioned this to the dealer, he said they weren't related?? thank you for your interest.

- Farmington, ME, USA

problem #1

Jan 122007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
In June 2006, I purchased a new 2006 Toyota rav 4 sport. Great vehicle. I drive 100 miles a day round trip to work. As of 1/12/07, there are 15,725 miles on the vehicle. Around 12,500 miles, I noticed a strange grinding noise coming from the steering when making a hard right or left turn (turning into a parking place or my driveway). I talked with the Toyota dealer and the first attempt was to heavily lubricate the steering as I was told everything was dry. The car had been serviced for an oil and lube every 4,000 miles. This did not resolve the issue. I was told that I needed a new rack and pinion steering unit. The dealer forgot to order the part. After a week and a half, I called to find out that the part was on back order as there have been a number of problems with the vehicle's steering. When I asked if I was safe driving 100 miles a day, at speeds of 70 mph on the Florida turnpike, I was told to drive the vehicle at a safe speed of 40 mph. (I informed the dealer that I would be killed on the Florida roads if I drove that slow. - they agreed.) again, I asked if I was safe. Then I was told that although the part was on backorder, that they would see what they could do. I was called within an hour and told that the part would be in within a week. The new rack and pinion unit and gears were installed yesterday. Additionally, a recommended wheel alignment was done, and it feels as if the front brakes were adjusted. The vehicle feels good, but the crunching noise is still there. Does Toyota have a problem with the steering on these vehicles" if so, I am really disappointed. I traded my Chrysler for the Toyota so that I would not have to go to the dealer for service all of the time. The real question is: Am I safe????"

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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